After five failures at the quarter-final stage and three years after their last knockout match against the United States in the 2019 World Cup, the French women’s team finally hopes to overcome the curse, this Saturday, against the Netherlands and thus will join Germany in the semi-finals of Euro 2022. At the New York Stadium in Rotherham, Corinne Deacon’s Bleues therefore present themselves in 4-3-3. In front of Peyraud-Magnin, lined up in goal, Perisset, Mbock, Renard and Karchaoui formed the defensive quartet. In the midfield, Bilbault and Geyoro joined Toletti. Finally, Diani and Cascarino surrounded Malard in the attacking front.
Les Bleues lack of realism!
Determined to join the Germans, who fell from Austria in the previous round (2-0) and eight-time European champions, the French – first in their group by beating Italy and Belgium, before conceding draw against Iceland – so should get eliminated the Dutch started with 4-2-3-1. In the Dutch cages, Van Domselaar was protected by Wilms, Van der Gragt, Janssen and Casparij. In the middle, Groenen and Spitse formed a double pivot while Beerensteyn, Van de Donk and Pelova supported Miedema, who was alone at the front. Dominating from the first moments, the Blues fell despite everything to an imperial Dutch goalkeeper.
In the hole of the New York Stadium, known to the Habs, Cascarino, very active during the first action, thus quickly recognized himself but Van Domselaar pushed his fingers (22nd). Master of debates, France even thought of opening the score a few moments later. In a corner from Toletti, badly rejected by the Batavian defense, Cascarino, again, armed with a half volley on the right which finally crashed at the cost of the Batavian goalkeeper, beaten (27th). In the lack of realism, the French keep stumbling in the Dutch defense, like this strike from Malard, denied by Van der Gragt (37th) or this in-extremis save by the same Van der Gragt in the last attempt which brought from Geyoro ( 41st).
Eve Périsset unleashes the Blues!
Hanging – despite an undeniable dominance – Corinne Deacon’s troops marked little time to return home from the locker room. Cooled by the defensive realism of the Dutch, the Blues are less insulted in front of the attack and the debates are balanced. In the end we had to wait for the hour mark to see Bacha, found by Toletti, try his luck (65th). In the process, Renard squared his head but also failed to deceive Van Domselaar, cautious on his line (67th). Rarely – if not – worried defensively, the Bleues often experienced similar difficulties against the Dutch goal, such as Geyoro who saw his header graze the frame of Van Domselaar (86th) or this last header from Renard, which was heroically diverted by the Dutch goalkeeper. (90 + 4th).
Despite 22 attempts – against only 4 for the Netherlands – France therefore left for thirty additional minutes and a decisive period of overtime. Dangerous from the first moments, Mateo’s companions quickly stood up. Spotted deep, Diani earned a penalty after an irregular tackle from Janssen. After the intervention of VAR, Périsset completely changed the sentence and gave the advantage to the Blues. Solid defensively and still restless offensively, France maintained their advantage and won with a short header (1-0). Set now to the semi-finals where the Blues will meet Germany!
The official kick-off line-ups
The French 1⃣1⃣ for this 1/4 finals of@WEURO2022 against the Netherlands 👊
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Eleven 𝐎𝐏𝐒𝐓𝐄𝐋𝐋𝐈𝐍𝐆 vs Frankrijk! ⚔️🇫🇷
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